Monday 20 November 2017

Why we turn a blind eye to donuts and other dangers

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Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

We were driving south on the motorway towards Limerick when we noticed, on a parallel road, a bunch of youths with a couple of cars doing donuts.

In other words, they were using their handbrakes to make the car revolve, leaving a figure-of-eight in tyre tread on the road. They sure were smoking those tyres.

Innocent fun on a bright summer evening?

Maybe. Maybe not.

The question is, what sort of dangerous antics would their activity encourage?

It is quite a common practice, judging by the evidence on many a road I've travelled.

Is it becoming more widespread?

Again, on the evidence before one's eyes, the answer has to be yes.

Needless to say, I did nothing about the near-Limerick experience.

One of the reasons was our shock at being overtaken by a female driver doing 140kmh while deeply engrossed in a hand-held phone conversation.

Is that on the increase?

I would say, again on the basis of anecdotal evidence, that it is.

Yet it never crossed our minds to do anything about it.

A bit like flashing our lights to alert oncoming drivers of a Garda checkpoint ahead, we're wired to an omerta - don't snitch on our fellow road users.

It doesn't seem to matter that we are silently condoning such behaviour.

And it certainly doesn't seem to matter that we may, indirectly, be letting a potentially dangerous driver loose on a public road.

What would you have done?


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